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Lakers pick up first win

The Los Angeles Lakers finally picked up their first win of the NBA season, beating the Charlotte Hornets 107-92.

Kobe Bryant and Jeremy Lin both scored 21 points as the Lakers moved to 1-5.

The Golden State Warriors suffered their first defeat of the season as they were beaten by the Phoenix Suns 107-95.

Isaiah Thomas top scored for the Suns with 22 points, while Stephen Curry continued his impressive early season form with 28 points.

The Toronto Raptors picked up their fourth win in a row as they eased to a 120-88 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Demar DeRozan led the team with 24 points, as the Canadians moved to 6-1.

The Utah Jazz edged out the Detroit Pistons 97-96 as Gordon Hayward scored 17 points while Derrick Favors collected 12 rebounds.

A season-high 22 points from Bojan Bogdanovic led the Brooklyn Nets to a 104-96 win over the Orland Magic, for who Nikola Vucevic scored 27 points and won 12 rebounds.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points to help the Portland Trailblazers to a 116-100 win over the Denver Nuggets and top the Western Conference, Northwest Division, while the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings 101-93.

Basketball can become sporting option for India’s future generation

Visiting American basketball legend Bruce Bowen says basketball has the potential to be counted among popular sports in Indialike cricket or football.

“This is a situation where you give children another option. I know cricket is number one here, then football, so it is not to elevate basketball to the number one spot but let’s give them another option,” the former NBA star told PTI.

The 6 feet 7 inches basketball giant who is a three time NBA (America’s professional basketball league) champion for the San Antonio Spurs was on his first visit to India recently.

Being aware of the sports trend of the country, the 43 year-old said he has kept an open mind with no expectations for his tour.

“This is my first time in India, so I’m new to the process. I think sometimes when you have expectations, it never amounts to what you expect, when you keep a free mind, you accept everything and you are fine,” he said on the sidelines of a basketball event hosted by NBA India and Sony Six.

The popular American sport basketball may not enjoy mass popularity in India but Bowen believes the need is to make people aware of the opportunity basketball can provide.

“First let these folks know, they have opportunity here, specially the kids, getting them involved, with the enthusiasm they have, it’s possible. It started the same way for me. It is not about… Oh! We don’t have it right now, if there are kids involved and you start it the right way, you can affect their lives,” he said.

VJ and actor Rannvijay Singh who is an avid basketball fan and a player himself during his college days has also plunged into the efforts of promoting basketball in India.

“I’ve played for Rajasthan, I’ve played for Delhi, Delhi University, went for the U-19 camp, all of that. I wanted to be part of NBA, I wanted to play for them, I wish at that time, in 2000-2003 when I was in college, when I wanted to be a pro basketball player, NBA India was there that time but they weren’t.”